Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Health Care

For I was…ill and you cared for me

The importance of health care resonates with all Michiganders. Unfortunately, too many low-income families are forced to make tough decisions between financial resources and accessing proper care. Such obstacles may include a lack of local providers, transportation issues, and the rising cost of care and prescriptions. The Church teaches that access to health care is a basic human right that flows from the dignity of the human person. Special consideration should be given to the voices of the poor, uninsured, unemployed, and other vulnerable populations. When considering health care legislation, MCC supports:

  • Protection of health coverage, including preventative care, for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
  • Appropriate Medicaid funding to ensure adequate coverage for recipients and payments to providers.
  • Opposition to legislation that threatens the mission of institutional and individual faith-based providers.
  • Policies that ensure access and adequate resources for physical and behavioral health care, including telemedicine and treatment for addictions and substance abuse.

“Health care is more than a commodity; it is a basic human right, an essential safeguard of human life and dignity.” — USCCB 1993

News Releases

  1. Governor Whitmer’s 2020–2021 State Budget Includes Highs and Lows, Says Catholic Conference (02/06/20)
  2. For Second Straight Year, MCC Presented with Three Top Awards for Excellence in Public Relations (04/22/19)
  3. Michigan Catholic Conference Urges ‘No’ Vote on Ballot Question to Legalize Recreational Marijuana (10/02/18)
  4. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  5. Senate Medicaid Vote Follows a Moral Path by Providing Greater Access to Health Care (08/28/13)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Small Steps of Love in the State Budget Process (03/12/21)
    2. COVID-19 Vaccines and Moral Considerations (01/15/21)
    3. Water Shutoffs Are a Health Concern in COVID-19 Pandemic (12/18/20)
    4. Patience and Persistence: Advocacy Successes in 2019 (01/17/20)
    5. Clean and Affordable Water for All (06/21/19)
  2. Clean and Affordable Water for All (Focus Essay, 5/2019)
  3. Proposal 1—Say No to Recreational Marijuana (Focus Essay, 10/2018)
  4. Vaccinations and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 3/2018)
  5. Confronting Michigan’s Opioid Crisis (Focus Essay, 6/2017)
  6. Transportation, Community, and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 7/2016)
  7. Healthy Michigan Plan Info
  8. Department of Community Health: MiChild Health Insurance for uninsured children of Michigan’s working families
  9. Health Care as a Basic Human Right (Focus Essay, 3/2010)
  10. A Framework for Comprehensive Health Care Reform (U.S. Bishops, 1993)

MCC in the News

  1. Johnson & Johnson vaccine research method creates conflict for Catholics (, 03/05/21)
  2. Faith Leaders Embrace New Mission: 2020 Census (Detroit News, 05/28/20)
  3. Opinion: How to Sustain Life During a Pandemic (Detroit News, 04/23/20)
  4. Opponents Speak Out Against Mich. Pot Legalization Proposal (Detroit News, 10/24/18)
  5. Advocates for Existing Mental Health System Lobby to Prevent Pilot Programs (Crains Detroit Business, 04/18/17)
  6. New Campaign Highlights Catholic Services in Michigan (Catholic News Agency, 03/24/17)
  7. Preserve Flexibility in Health Plans (Detroit News, 12/01/13)
  8. Time Limits Remain Key Hurdle in Proposed Medicaid Expansion Plan from Michigan’s House Republicans (MLive, 05/14/13)
  9. $940 Billion Health Care Reform Nears Vote (Detroit News, 03/19/10)
  10. Michigan U.S. Senators See Pressure Mount on Health Care Legislation (Detroit News, 11/21/09)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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